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Saxons beat Centenary, move on in ECAC South softball championship

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ – The Alfred University softball team beat host Centenary College, 6-1, Thursday afternoon in a first-round game of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Championship tournament.


With the win, Alfred (24-17), the tournament’s fifth seed, advances to this weekend’s double-elimination round, while fourth-seeded Centenary is eliminated. The Saxons will play Saturday at 10 a.m. against top-seeded Alvernia, which defeated eighth-seeded Marywood Thursday to earn the right to host the weekend games.


Alfred trailed 1-0 heading into the fourth before tying the game with a single run in the top of the frame, then went ahead to stay with a pair in the fifth – the eventual game-winner coming on a leadoff homerun by senior second baseman Maressa Mistretta (Shirley, NY/Longwood) – before putting the game away with three insurance runs in the sixth.


Sophomore pitcher Jessica O’Sullivan (Habersham, SC/Groton-Barnstable (MA) Regional) improved to 13-5 on the year, allowing a run on three hits and striking out 10.


Sophomore Alison Wickwire (Towanda, PA/Towanda) had two hits, including an RBI single to tie the game in the fourth, and senior first baseman Hana Gross (Union, NJ/Union) drove in two runs with a single in the sixth. Freshman outfielder Samantha Jauregui (Lindsay, CA/Lindsay) had a hit and scored a run, while freshman catcher Samantha Greenberg (Toms River, NJ/Toms River) had an RBI single.


Each of the four losing teams in the elimination round was eliminated, while the winners are moving on to the Saturday and Sunday double-elimination round. Third-seeded McDaniel was eliminated by Stevenson Wednesday. In the other first-round game, second-seeded Frostburg knocked off seventh-seeded Catholic.


Following is the tournament’s first-round results and weekend double-elimination schedule:


Quarterfinals: Wednesday, Thursday May 8 and 9

 Single-Elimination Format

#8 Marywood at #1 Alvernia (Alvernia wins, 7-0, Marywood eliminated)
#7 Catholic at #2 Frostburg State (Frostburg wins, 9-3, Catholic eliminated)
#6 Stevenson at #3 McDaniel (Stevenson wins, 5-2, McDaniel eliminated)
#5 Alfred at #4 Centenary (Alfred wins, 6-1, Centenary eliminated)

Championship Tournament: Saturday-Sunday May 11-12

Location: To Be Played At Alvernia College, Reading PA, Double-Elimination Format

Saturday Games

Game 1: #5 Alfred vs. #1 Alvernia, 10 a.m.
Game 2: #6 Stevenson vs. #2 Frostburg State, 12 p.m.
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2, 2 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2, 4 p.m.

Sunday Games

Game 5: Loser of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 3, 10 a.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5, 12 p.m.
Game 7: Rematch of Game 6 (if necessary), 2 p.m.